Here’s a great project that caught our eye recently. Tony Short’s collection of ‘glyph’ containers is an eclectic collection of 3D printable letters. It really is a labour of love and captures the special relationship developing between the worlds of typography and 3D printing.
Tony was kind enough to write some words for us about his fantastic project.
‘My background is in Typography. It’s what I studied at university, and the things I learnt there continue to affect my designs to this day. Normally I work with print or web based design, but after buying a 3D printer a year ago (Ultimaker 2) I started exploring how I could fuse my typographic interests with 3D design. Unsurprisingly I have a HUGE typeface collection, most of which I never get to use day-to-day, being far too decorative, or plain weird! I also felt that a lot of typographic-based designs on Thingiverse were using very basic (OK, dull) typefaces. I wanted to inject some variety, highlight some of the great typefaces, and celebrate some unsung typeface designers. I’d already done some typographic models in the form of boxes, so I thought containers may be both fun and useful. Hence the typographic glyph collection came into being.
I designed all of them in Moments of Inspiration (MOI3D) with some processing in Meshmixer to help hollow out some of the more complex forms. This collection helped a great deal with my 3D design and printing skills, which improved a lot over the 3 month period I was working on the project. The final renders were done in Fusion360, which I’m dabbling in, but the learning curve is steep!
I’ve used the term ‘glyph’ as that’s the technical term for a ‘character/numeral/symbol/accent/punctuation’ within a typeface. At the moment I have the glyphs for A to Z, but if there is demand I’m planning to add the numerals 0 to 9 as well as some other symbols: ampersand, question mark, bang, asterisk, quotations etc. I’m happy to add anything else someone requests as well.’
All of Tony’s Glyphs are available on Thingiverse and we can confirm look A-Mazing! Tony plans to do a collection of carved letterforms next, which would allow people to create their own composite monograms, or add to, or carve into their 3D models. He also has an exciting Christmas project in the pipeline. So watch this space!
Are you excited about Winter! We are! Why? Because it gives us an excuse to stay inside with the glowing warmth of our 3D printers. And there is so much cool stuff to print for this time of year. Yes, winter doesn’t have to be the season of discontent. Here are 3 awesome 3d printing ideas that will make you excited it’s Winter!
1. Make the perfect coffee/hot chocolate
Cold weather = hots drinks. Make yours even more awesome with a 3D printed stencil. We’ve created a range of the very best coffee stencils known to geek!.
2. Get out that great book
That Arduino programming book you’ve been meaning to read. Yes, now is the time. Print a stylish bookmark in a seasonal colour, plump up the cushions and put your feet up with a great read.
3. Get on those board games
Awesome board games make those long dark evening something to look forward to. Even more so if you 3D print your own unique set of pieces! There are some amazing printable board games available to download. Check out the extensive selection of chess pieces on Thingiverse. Here at Fab HQ we are loving the work of Ill Gotten Games aka Arian Croft and Jeremy Larsen. They specialise in 3D print-and-play gaming and their fantastic work is available on Thingiverse.
Hopefully you’re fired up now for some cosy winter printing! We’ll be looking out for more great seasonal projects to keep you inspired. Check out our Twitter & Facebook posts for the latest prints.
As the uses for desktop 3D printing continue to expand we are constantly being blown away by the creations produced by our customers. This project by Steve Cox of CREATE Education is one of our recent favourites.
Currently the University of Sheffield is holding a celebration of the work of Nobel Prize winner, Sir Hans Krebs. Krebs won the Nobel Prize in 1953 for his pioneering work discovering the citric acid cycle, also known as the Krebs cycle. The cycle explains one of the most fundamental processes of life: the conversion of food into energy within a cell.
Steve has produced a collection of large scale models for the university that reveal the hidden nano worlds found in the process of photosynthesis.
The six impressive large-scale models were all printed in Faberdashery Arctic White PLA. Steve chose to use Arctic White as it is a great colour for exhibition models due to the optical brighteners in the filament. As Steve also pointed out, PLA is itself a product of photosynthesis as it’s produced from biomass (corn starch). You can see Steve’s full round up of this fantastic project on the CREATE Education blog.
KrebsFest runs at the University of Sheffield throughout November and is free to everyone. Steve’s prints will be displayed in the Western Bank Library exhibition space until February 2016.